Festival of Roses

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Bulgaria - The Country of Roses

Bulgaria is one of the biggest producers of rose oil in the world. The Rose is the Symbol of Bulgaria. The Bulgarian roses are inheritors of the so called Damascena rose and was brought to our lands during the 17the century. The Rose valley of Bulgaria includes Karlovo and Kazanlak fields with area is about 3,300 square kilometers - extending more than 130 km along the Stara Planina mountain, surrounded by two mountains, which help create a specific climate.

This festival was held for first time in 1903 from the citizens of Kazanlak and was dedicated to the beauty and charity. The rose cultivation and rose industry have been kept by generations of enterprising people from the valley. Every year, during the first weekend of June, local community organizes the annual Festival of Roses. Today the Rose Festival is an international event, visited and enjoyed by thousands of tourists and guests of Kazanlak. Now a days the Rose Festival in the unique Valley of the Roses has come to be a symbolic reflection of the lifestyle, the spirit and the cultural patterns, typical for Kazanlak region.

The festival program includes the traditional rose-picking ritual and rose - distillation that gives you a true feeling of authenticity and the coronation of Queen Rose. The festival ends with a street procession in which the main role is allotted for the participants of the International Folklore Festival. There are other interesting events, taking place during the festival weekend - choir a cappella and folklore concerts, art shows, exhibitions, wine-tasting, shows.

There are some options regarding the festival program.

If you can not visit the Festival of Roses  in June, do it in May, where is paralleling festival.

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Festival of Roses

Festival of Roses in Bulgaria 2013  Programme 03

Bulgaria - The Country of Roses, 7 Nights

Rose festival in Bulgaria 2013  Programme 02

30 May - 03 May 2013, Sofia - Kazanlak - Plovdiv - Sofia

Rose Festival in Bulgaria 2013 Programme 01

30 May - 03 May 2013, Sofia - Plovdiv - Kazanlak - Veliko Tarnovo

Rose Festival in Bulgaria 2013 Programme 04

31 May - 03 June 2013, Sofia - Plovdiv - Kazanlak - Koprivstitsa - Sofia